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How to make breast prostheses better?

12 Mar 2019 00:04

Hello!

I am a third year BA Design student study at Goldsmiths University of London, I'm doing research for my final year project and I was wondering whether someone on here could maybe answer some questions for me. After my mother was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago and had a mastectomy I witnessed her go through the whole procedure and the immense feeling of loss she felt at the thought of losing her breast.

After her mastectomy, there was a period of time between the surgery and the reconstruction where she was given a breast prosthesis from the NHS. At the time it struck me how impersonal the prosthesis was, they seemed to feel standardized and even in the touch it felt cold and disconnected. 

As part of my project I have been exploring how breast prosthesis could be made to feel more personal and intimate, but not just the prosthesis but the whole experience from being diagnosed to the surgery. How have you experienced your breast prostheses (if you have one)? Would having a breast prosthesis made personally for you, by casting your original breast and creating the prostheses from that, be something that would interest you? 

I would appreciate it so much if anyone would let me know their opinion!

Thank you very much, 

Imogen 

How to make breast prostheses better?

14 Mar 2019 09:56 in response to ImogenB

As I noticed no one has replied to your post yet, I just wanted to stop by to say hello and wish you the best of luck with your research project, Imogen.

The topic you chose sounds very interesting and I'm sure it will resonate with some of our members who had to go through the same experience as your mother so I hope you will soon hear from them.

Wishing you the very best,

Renata, Cancer Chat Moderator